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Chuck Berry Collapsed Last night January 2, 2011

Filed under: Music - la la la la!!! — celebrationgoddess @ 9:49 am

SUNDAY’s Sampler Platter – (imagine that).

I was so excited to see the famous Chuck Berry perform. I love old rock and roll and have had the pleasure to see Bo Didley, BB King, Koko Taylor, Little Richard, James Cotton and Buddy Guy. But as with Koko who was not able to keep tempo with the music, Chuck was only able to perform one song to completion. My Ding a Ling. The crowd was sitting in polite anticipation for most of the evening. We attended this concert with 3,000 other fans in the run down 1926 Congress Theater.

You could could see the theater was beautiful at one time. But now it is breaking apart and smells like pee. The concert was to start at 7:00 and Dick Biondi was the emcee. He kept coming out to tell us the concert would be starting shortly. Only that turned into over an hour. We were finally graced with a performance by Deals Gone Bad. None of us were expecting to see another band as far as you could tell by the reaction from the crowd. That’s unfortunate for this fun band who was a reggae type rock n roll band. I enjoyed them. Here’s a sample. And I think it’s something Chuck should be doing is Moving On to a phase of his life – retirement.

I realize we all want to continue with our passion, but sometimes it’s better to quit and be remembered for your greatest success.


BY DAVE HOEKSTRA Staff Reporter/dhoekstra@suntimes.com

Jan 2, 2011 02:19AM

Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Famer Chuck Berry collapsed over his keyboards about an hour into his “Winter Dance” show before a standing-room only crowd Saturday night at the Congress Theater.

The 84-year-old Berry’s head lay on a keyboard, and he didn’t move for a couple of minutes before he was helped off stage by three people shortly before 10:30 p.m. He returned 20 minutes later after most of the auditorium had cleared out. He tuned up his guitar and tried to play before telling the audience he had no strength. He then did a variation of his legendary duck walk off stage.

A Chicago Fire Department ambulance was called to the theater on the Northwest Side, and emergency crews gave Berry a check-up at the scene, Fire Department Spokesman Joe Roccasalva said. But he said he “felt better” and signed a refusal for further medical treatment, Roccasalva said.

Berry flew into Chicago after performing two New Year’s Eve shows at B.B. King’s Blues Club and Grill in New York City. The St. Louis-based legend was having trouble connecting with his Chicago-based pick-up band all night.

In a rare moment earlier in the show, Berry even cast aside his guitar and took over the keyboards to play “Let it Rock.” He performed his best-known hits like “Roll Over Beethoven” in slow, disjointed tempos and when he hit stride with more appropriate understated material like “Everyday I Have the Blues,” he stopped halfway through the song. The only tune he was able to muscle through was his 1972 novelty hit, “My Ding-A-Ling,” which featured a call and response with his adoring fans.

Contributing: Bobby Reed and Sally Ho

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